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Jonylah Watkins Update: Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose offers to help pay for funeral of slain 6-month-old

Jonylah Watkins Facebook via CBS Chicago

Jonylah Watkins
Facebook via CBS Chicago
(CBS/WBBM/AP) CHICAGO - A Chicago Bulls player has offered to pay for part of the funeral costs of six-month-old Jonylah Watkins, who was gunned down earlier this week in Chicago's South Side.

According to CBS Chicago, Bulls guard Derrick Rose approached the funeral home through his agent, who told the station he did not want to discuss the offer.

The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Beginnings Church at 66th and King, CBS Chicago reports. The wake is being held at 10 a.m. the same day.

New Beginnings is the church of Pastor Corey Brooks, who's been acting as a spokesman for the family of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins.

Jonylah Watkins died at a hospital Tuesday after being struck by five during Monday's attack in Woodlawn. Her father, Jonathan Watkins, was also seriously injured in the attack but survived.

Jonathan Watkins is a gang member with a long criminal history - including a three-year prison sentence on a weapons charge- and there is little doubt he was the target of the attack, Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy said at a news conference Tuesday hours after the infant died. Watkins was standing in his car door changing his daughter's diaper around lunchtime when the gunman approached and opened fire.

"He was obviously targeted," McCarthy said. "It was very clear that whoever was doing this was firing at the father and exclusively at the father who happened to be sitting in a minivan with the child."

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